Apple releases iOS 15.2, watchOS 8.3, and TVOS 15.2 to users

After more than a month of launching iOS 15.1, today, Apple released iOS 15.2 and iPad 15.2, the second major update to the iOS and iPadOS 15 operating systems released in September 2021. iOS 15.2.

In addition, Apple is also releasing the Apple Music Voice Plan subscription tier to selected regions. For $4.99/month, users can enjoy over 90 million songs, thousands of playlists, and radio stations just by asking Siri.

Apple’s iOS 15.2, which includes many features and fixes, has started to roll out to iPhones after an extensive beta period. According to Apple’s release notes, posted by 9to5Mac and MacRumors, the update includes:

  • The Digital Legacy program, which lets you designate who gets access to your data when you die
  • The App Privacy Report, which shows what permissions your apps use and what websites they connect to
  • Apple’s $4.99 voice-only plan for Apple Music
  • A fix for the somewhat confusing state of the 13 Pro’s macro mode

Also, the update carries with it some of Apple’s communication safety features, one of which will blur iMessages sent to children that an on-device scan tag as potentially being explicit.

The feature was part of Apple’s debatable set of changes meant to fight child sexual abuse material (CSAM), which involved on-device scanning of photos uploaded to iCloud and automatically notifying parents if their child chose to view pictures tagged as inappropriate.

In a new feature, iOS 15.2 adds App Privacy Report, which is designed to let you know how often apps are accessing permissions-restricted info like the camera and the microphone. In parallel, it lets you know the domains that apps and websites are contacting so you can keep an eye on what’s going on behind the scenes.